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Our commentaries are now used by a few clubs, some of which are close by.
For reasons of security we will no longer be posting them on the website.
Naturally when you have played in a session you will be emailed the commentary that night.
They all use Standard English Acol and are suitable for Second Years+
There are 24 boards each week.
Any club who wishes to use our commentaries should contact me:

More Hosts Please!

Our club is totally unique in that it offers anyone who rocks up to our club a guranteed game.
To enable us to fulfil this valuable commitment we need more volunteer hosts.

We already have a small but commited group of volunteers. We need more to spread the burden.
Identify a Tuesday session in the forthcoming months where you would be able to volunteer and drop a line to our Host Angel


Chief Host Angel !
Chief Host Angel !

Our club has always been a great advocate of 'everyone gets a game'. Just turn up and a partner will be found - every time.
It particularily suits people graduating from courses who have yet to find a regular partner and people new to the area who want to try our club (good choice!)

Our lovely Maureen is our Chief Host Angel.  Her task is to allocate volunteer hosts to session dates.
She looks a bit shocked here actually:-)

Announcing this that and the other
Announcing this that and the other
We have all got used to 'announcing' the range of partners opening bid of 1NT. Now the rules have been extended to announcing the range of the opening bid of 2NT.
Subsequent transfers and Stayman also require an announcement.
Additionally those of us that play 5-card major suit openings, a minor suit opening that could be two cards or fewer should be announced even if it is non-forcing. 
22nd January
Responding to a 1-of-a-suit opening bid

Last week we looked at 'raising partner's suit', i.e. what to do when you like the suit that partner opened.

What if you don't like partner's choice of suit...

If you don't have 4 cards in partner's suit, then you should offer a suit of your own!  This must be a suit in which you have 4 cards yourself.
If partner's suit is a minor suit, even if you have 4-card support, it is frequently better to bid another suit if you have one.
Of course, if you have less than 6 HCP, you should just pass and cross your fingers, but if you have 6 or more, you must respond:

  1. If there is a suit that you can bid at the 1-level, do so!  It promises a 4-card suit, and at least 6 HCP, but you could have many more points!
  2. To bid a suit at the 2-level, you should have at least 10 HCP, but you should only bid at the 2-level if you can't bid at the 1-level.
  3. If you can't bid a suit at the 1-level, and you aren't strong enough to bid at the 2-level, the only bid you can make is 1NT.  This shows 6-9 HCP.  It doesn't guanrantee a balanced hand, but just says 'I have nothing better to bid'.
Opener's Rebid with a balanced hand

If you have a balanced hand and 12-14 HCP, you would of course have opened 1NT. If you have more than 14 HCP, it would be misleading to partner to open 1NT. The way to show your hand is to open 1 of a suit and bid No Trumps on the second round of bidding.
When you do this, not only do you let partner know that you are balanced (and show her one of your suits to boot), but you give partner a precise point count, depending on the level that you bid:

with 15-16 HCP you should bid NT at the lowest available level
with 17-18 HCP you should bid at one level higher, to show a few extra points
with 19 HCP, knowing that partner has at least 6 HCP, you know you have enough points for game, and can bid 3NT.

After a 1-level suit response (e.g. after 1 - 1♠):
1NT  -  shows 15-16 HCP
2NT  -  shows 17-18 HCP
3NT  -  shows 19 HCP

After a 2-level suit response (e.g. after 1 - 2♣):
2NT  -  shows 15-16 HCP
3NT  -  shows 17-19 HCP

The following hand appeared at the club on the same evening as the lesson:

With 16 HCP and a balanced hand, West opens with 1 of a suit, intending to bids No Trumps at his second opportunity.
East could bid diamonds to show that he likes the suit, but as it is a minor suit, it is better to show his major suit by bidding 1.
Now West bids No Trumps at the lowest available level, 1NT after a 1-level response, to show 15-16 points.
East now knows that the partnership has at least 25 HCP between them (27-28 to be more precise), and should therefore know that they should choose a game contract.  Again, he knows that they have a diamond fit, but with both hands being balanced, 3NT should be an easier contract to make than 5.